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  • Questions of Possibilityby David Caplan

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 37.99

    Examines the particular forms that contemporary American poets favor and those they neglect. The poets' choices reveal both their ambitions and their limitations, the possibilities they discover, and the traditions they find unimaginable. The poetic forms discussed include: the sestina, ghazal, love sonnet, ballad, and heroic couplet. more...

  • The Erotic Whitmanby Vivian R. Pollak

    University of California Press 2000; US$ 15.95

    In this provocative analysis of Whitman's exemplary quest for happiness, Vivian Pollak skillfully explores the intimate relationships that contributed to his portrayal of masculinity in crisis. She maintains that in representing himself as a characteristic nineteenth-century American and in proposing to heal national ills, Whitman was trying to temper... more...

  • The Cambridge Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Poetryby Christopher Beach

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 26.00

    This book gives readers a thorough introduction to the movements and schools of American poets in the twentieth century. more...

  • The American Puritan Elegyby Jeffrey A. Hammond

    Cambridge University Press 2000; US$ 46.00

    Jeffrey Hammond's study takes an anthropological approach to the most popular form of poetry in early New England - the funeral elegy. more...

  • Leaves of Grassby Walt Whitman; Malcolm Cowley

    Penguin Group US 1961; US$ 7.95

    ?I am large, I contain multitudes? When Walt Whitman self-published his Leaves of Grass in July 1855, he altered the course of literary history. One of the greatest masterpieces of American literature, it redefined the rules of poetry while describing the soul of the American character. Throughout his great career, Whitman continuously revised,... more...

  • Archie and Amelieby Donna M. Lucey

    Crown Publishing Group 2006; US$ 16.00

    John Armstrong Chanler?known as Archie to his family?was an heir to the Astor fortune, an eccentric, dashing, and handsome millionaire. Amélie Rives, from a Southern family and the goddaughter of Robert E. Lee, was a daring author, a stunning temptress, and a woman ahead of her time. Filled with glamour, mystery, and madness, their love affair and... more...

  • The Wicked Sistersby Betsy Erkkila

    Oxford University Press 1994; US$ 35.00

    This examination of the lives and poetic works of Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich and Gwendolyn Brooks focuses on the historical struggles between women writers and feminists. It traces the conflict that has taken place through the generations. more...

  • Modern Poetry after Modernismby James Longenbach

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 49.95

    Offering an account of 40 years of American poetry, the author argues that the work of Robert Lowell and those who followed his reflective style should not now be viewed as a "breakthrough" narrative, due to changing concepts of what constitutes modernism and the over-use of the term "post-modern". more...

  • The Better Angelby Roy Morris

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 18.99

    This biography recounts Walt Whitman's experiences of the American Civil War. For nearly three years, the erstwhile poet immersed himself in the devastation of the war, tending to thousands of wounded soldiers and recording his experience with immediacy and compassion. more...

  • How Poets See the Worldby Willard Spiegelman

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 37.99

    How do poets see the world? What are they looking for? How do they transcribe their vision and make poems out of their observations? This work looks at poets (John Ashbery, Amy Clampitt, Jorie Graham, Charles Tomlinson, and Charles Wright), with an eye to explain the art of description in poetry. more...